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   Christian Love
   1 Corinthians 13
Sunday Evening Service,  June 14, 2015
 
What does love in the body of Christ look like? In the well-known First Corinthians 13, Paul details the priority, qualities, and preeminence of love among the spiritual gifts, and shows how Christian love must characterize the life of the church.

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   Martin Luther's Theology of the Cross
   1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Sunday School,  October 27, 2013
 
How do we grapple with the tension between expectation and reality? How do we understand the ways of God when he acts contrary to our expectations? Martin Luther's theology of the cross highlights faith, especially in the midst of suffering, as the means by which we comprehend the truth of God when he acts in ways that are hard to understand.

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   Evangelizing Roman Catholics
   Romans 4, various other texts
Wednesday Evening Service,  August 19, 2009
Do Roman Catholics need to be evangelized? That is the question that many Protestants ask themselves at one time or another. In this lesson, Richard Winston examines The Catechism of the Catholic Church in an effort to discover whether or not its statements on salvation and justification accord with the teachings of Holy Scripture. Practical advice is given for interacting with Roman Catholics in this vital issue.

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   Putting God First
   Haggai 1
Sunday Morning Service,  September 28, 2008
 
The prophet Haggai admonished the Jews of his day to put God first in their lives and manifest that allegiance by building the temple. He promised them that the lack of success and satisfaction that they were experiencing would be reversed if they make God their highest priority. Many times in our lives we experience the same frustrations that the Jews of Haggai's day did and sometimes it is because we do not put God first. In this sermon, Richard Winston challenges the people of God to factor God into every area of life and make Him the center of every decision.

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   Separated unto the Gospel
   Romans 1:1-17
Sunday School,  September 7, 2008
 
Earlier this year, the Lord called the Winston family to join the ministry of the Free Presbyterian Church in North America. In this lesson, Richard Winston explains the history, emphases, and distinctives of the Free Church and how and why he would like to serve in that denomination.

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   The Exclusivity of Salvation
   John 14:6
Sunday Morning Service,  August 17, 2008
 
Is it right for Christians to say that those who have never believed in Jesus are going to hell? The Bible promises that whosoever believes in Christ is certainly saved, but does the Bible teach the opposite, that whosoever does not believe in Christ is certainly damned? In this sermon, we will seek to answer these questions by studying the exclusivity of salvation.

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   Calvinism and Arminianism: A Historical Sketch
   
Wednesday Evening Service,  August 6, 2008
What are the five points of Calvinism and Arminianism, and how did they come to exist as we know them today? In this historical study, Richard Winston traces the 17th century debates between Jacobus Arminius and Franciscus Gomarus that eventually resulted in the calling of the Synod of Dort. Beginning with an explanation of Calvin’s doctrine of predestination, and concluding with a comparison of the five points of Calvinism and Arminianism, this lesson provides a historical overview of how these two theological systems achieved their standard definitions.

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   Thomas Aquinas' Natural Theology
   
Wednesday Evening Service,  July 16, 2008
During the Medieval Period, the “rediscovered” teachings of Aristotle achieved prominence in the developing European university system. Coupled with the rise of scholasticism, a precise and rigorous method of theological study, Aristotelian philosophy was able to make its way into the study of theology in a heretofore unknown way. That manner was Thomas Aquinas’ natural theology. In this lecture, Richard Winston explores how Aquinas made room for philosophy within the study of theology and illustrates Aquinas’ natural theology by examining Aquinas’ “five ways” to prove the existence of God.

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   God’s Remedies for Our Anxieties
   Philippians 4:6-7
Sunday Afternoon Service,  July 13, 2008
 
Anxiety is a very serious affliction with which many Christians battle. Although the causes are many, the cures often seem impossible. What can the Christian do to calm his heart and function in life? In Philippians 4:6-7, the Apostle Paul gives us three divine remedies for anxiety. Prayer, thanksgiving, and God Himself all function to guard the believers’ heart and mind. By taking of advantage of these means of grace, every believer can experience God’s remedies for our anxieties.

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   The Characteristics of True Wisdom
   James 3:13-18
Sunday School,  July 6, 2008
Throughout the book of James, the Apostle continually asks the same question: How real is your religion? In 3:13-18, James again asks his question, this time doing so using the topic of wisdom. Using a contrast between heavenly wisdom and earthly wisdom, James presents the major attributes that characterize those who are wise according to God’s standards and those who are wise according to this world. At the end of the descriptions, the believer must ask himself, "How real is my wisdom, and do I posses the characteristics of true wisdom?"

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   Boldly Proclaiming the Gospel of Christ
   Romans 1:16
Sunday Afternoon Service,  June 29, 2008
 
Every Christian bears the responsibility to proclaim the gospel of Christ. With our deeds, and especially with our words, every believer must testify to the lost of the saving power of the Gospel. However, all of struggle to fulfill this responsibility. Some of us are shy, whereas some of us do not feel fully qualified to answer every question that an unbeliever may present. What is the key to overcoming these obstacles and becoming bold witnesses of the Gospel? In Romans 1:16, the Apostle Paul shows us how each of us can boldly proclaim the Gospel of Christ.

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   The Christian Use of the Tongue
   James 3:1-12
Sunday School,  June 29, 2008
The human tongue is a little piece of flesh that can function like a lethal weapon. Although we may not realize it, all of us have the ability to do either great good or great evil with the words that roll off of our tongues. In James 3:1-12, the Apostle addresses the use of the tongue with this thesis in mind: genuine religion should exert a controlling influence over a person’s tongue. Replete with illustrative material that effectively drives home his point, in this section the Apostle James teaches us about the Christian use of the tongue.

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   The Life of the Christian Servant
   Luke 12:35-48
Sunday Morning Service,  March 9, 2008
 
What are the essential characteristics that should dominate the life of those who profess to be Christ’s servants? In the two parables of Luke 12:35-48, Christ teaches that His servants are characterized by readiness for His return and faithfulness in His service. Christ also explains what rewards or punishments may come upon those who profess to be His servants depending upon the performance of their duties.

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   Cultivating a Christian Worldview: The Experience of Salvation
   Ephesians 2:8; Philippians 2:12; Romans 13:11
Sunday School,  March 2, 2008
 
One of the key elements of the Christian worldview is the doctrine of salvation. Salvation can be approached from many angles, including its original promise in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:15), its accomplishment by Christ (Phil. 2:5-11), or its reception by faith and repentance (Acts 20:21). In this lesson, Richard Winston approaches the doctrine of salvation as it is experienced by the believer in three phases: justification, sanctification, and glorification. Each phase is defined and proofs are given with Scriptures.

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   The Elements of a Christian Worldview
   Genesis 1-3
Sunday School,  February 10, 2008
 
The Christian who embraces a Christian worldview relies wholeheartedly on the Bible to guide his operation in the world. However, how does a Christian construct his Christian worldview? There are three necessary elements that must be present (stated here in the form of three questions): “Can I trust the Bible?” “What does the Bible teach?” and “How Do I Study the Bible?” In this lesson, Richard Winston seeks to answer the second question by discussing four major biblical themes: creation, fall, salvation, and consummation.

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   The Foundation of a Christian Worldview
   Psalm 19; various texts
Sunday School,  February 3, 2008
 
The heart desire of every Christian is to bring the Bible to bear on every issue of life. We desire to connect the Scriptures with where we live and process life biblically. The ability to do that begins with answering fundamental questions about the Bible’s reliability. In this lesson, Richard Winston seeks to answer two major questions: “How do I know that the Bible is the Word of God?” and “How do I know that I have the Bible?”

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   The Nature and Authority of the Church – Part 2
   Matthew 16:13-20
Sunday School,  January 20, 2008
 
The church of Jesus Christ is endowed by its head with authority to perform certain functions. These functions are essential for the life and purity of the body as well as the glory of the Lord Jesus. However, the authority that the church possesses has not always been clearly defined and thus many Christians wonder exactly what role the visible church should play in their spiritual lives. In this lesson, Richard Winston defines the authority of the church as it relates to the matters of membership and discipline.

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   The Nature and Authority of the Church – Part 1
   Matthew 16:13-20
Sunday School,  January 13, 2008
 
When the Lord Jesus announced that He would “build His church,” He was introducing His disciples into a whole world of exciting theology. What exactly did He mean by the word “church,” and in what way would it prevent the gates of hell from ever prevailing against it? Additionally, who (or what) is the rock upon which the Lord Jesus builds His church? And what does all of this mean for the Christian today? In this first of two lessons, Richard Winston explains the nature of the church and its role in our lives!

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   Deuteronomy: A Book about Obedience
   Deuteronomy
Sunday Afternoon Service,  December 23, 2007
The book of Deuteronomy concludes the corpus of material known as the Pentateuch. Here, on the banks of the Jordan River, Moses would once again impress upon the people of God the necessity of obedience to the Lord. Moses' sermon preaches to us today of the necessity of loyal obedience to the God who has loved and saved us.

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   Numbers: A Book about Restoration
   Psalm 90; Numbers
Sunday Afternoon Service,  December 16, 2007
The stories of failure recounted by Numbers can be discouraging. Israel’s transgression of the covenant in light of many covenant mercies causes us to scratch our heads and wonder what went wrong. However, there is more to the book than just death and discipline. In fact, the book culminates with several evidences that God has restored His people and reinstituted the covenant with them. The theme of Numbers is God’s restoration of His covenant people. The sermon concludes with applications for our lives today.

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   The Unipersonality of Christ
   John 20:30-31
Sunday School,  November 25, 2007
 
The Bible teaches that Christ is one person with two natures: human and divine. The importance of this truth transcends mere creedal confession and impacts our salvation and view of Christ. In this lesson, Richard Winston examines several Bible verses that show how the human and divine unite in the one person of Christ.

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   Elijah's Effectual Prayer for Rain
   1 Kings 18:41-46; James 5:16-18
Sunday Afternoon Service,  November 11, 2007
 
Can I pray in such a way that God will actually hear me? Many believers struggle with the assurance that God will actually hear and answer them when they pray. Elijah's example in the Bible assures us that we can pray effectual prayers by teaching us the nature of effectual prayer.

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   Christ Our Righteousness
   2 Corinthians 5:21
Sunday Morning Service,  November 4, 2007
 
Jeremiah 33:16 declares that “the LORD is our righteousness,” but what exactly does this phrase mean? The answer comes to life in 2 Corinthians 5:21 and the doctrine of the double-imputation. In this sermon, Richard Winston examines the meaning, implications, and motivations of the phrase, “Christ Our Righteousness.”

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   The Believer's Courage in the Face of Opposition
   Daniel 3
Sunday Afternoon Service,  October 14, 2007
 
The world often challenged the truth of the Christian faith. The Word of God commands the Christian to stand firm against such opposition. These two truths combine to create a crisis: where does the believer find the courage to face such opposition? Daniel three tells us the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in order to teach us how to find courage in the face of opposition.

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   Barnabas: The People that God Uses in the Church
   Acts 11:19-26
Sunday Afternoon Service,  September 9, 2007
 
What type of men does God use in the church? In this biographical sermon on Barnabas, Richard Winston presents Barnabas as an example of the type of men that God uses to build His church. Each member of the body of Christ has a responsibility participate in the work of the ministry and by emulating Barnabas, we can become the type of people that God uses to build His church.

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   Behold the Lamb of God
   John 1:29
Sunday Morning Service,  September 2, 2007
 
Worship is difficult when we carry the weight of our sin. John the Baptist commands us to fix our spiritual eyes on Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. His command gives us great impetus to consider two important truths about the Lord Jesus Christ.

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   Leviticus: A Book about Holiness
   Leviticus
Sunday Evening Service,  August 26, 2007
Leviticus is a book of the Bible that is more often endured than enjoyed. Due to material that can be confusing, apparently irrelevant, or even possibly obsolete, people tend either to ignore Leviticus, or allegorize it in an attempt to find relevance. But Leviticus can be understood, applied, and even enjoyed.

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   The Church of Jesus Christ
   John 20:19-31
Sunday School,  August 5, 2007
Christ is alive! The Apostle John provides ample proof for this in John 20, showing us the empty tomb, the post-resurrection appearances of Christ, and the disciples confession of faith in the resurrection. In this chapter, Christ makes significant statements about the church that He will build. We examine those comments in this lesson.

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   The Resurrection of Christ
   John 20:1-18
Sunday School,  July 29, 2007
Christ staked his entire claim to authenticity on one prophecy: His bodily resurrection. In John 20, the Apostle John presents us with the reality of the resurrection. The empty tomb and the post-resurrection appearances of Christ demonstrate that He actually rose from the dead. The lesson concludes with an examination from other Scriptures on the significance of the resurrection.

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   Exodus: A Book about Redemption - Part 3
   Exodus 19-40
Sunday Evening Service,  July 22, 2007
Having successfully redeemed Israel from Egypt and having brought them safely through the wilderness, God enters into a covenant with the people at the base of Mt. Sinai. It is there that they learn the fruits of their redemption: obedience to and worship of God.

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   The Crucifixion of Christ
   John 19:16-42
Sunday School,  July 22, 2007
After flogging Christ and condemning Him to death, Pilate delivers Christ over to be crucified. But the crucifixion of Christ is by no means an act of defeat for the Son of God. Rather, the events that John includes in his gospel accomplish his purpose of presenting Jesus Christ as God Himself in all of His divine perfections.

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   The Roman Trials of Christ
   John 18:28 - 19:16
Sunday School,  July 15, 2007
Why do sinners refuse to come to Christ? In this interview with Pontius Pilate, we see the true nature of the Roman procurator's rejection of Christ. By examining his interrogation and treatment of Christ, Pilate demonstrates why sinners refuse to come to Christ and how we may properly exalt the Son of God in our evangelism.

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   Exodus: The Security of Redemption - Part 2
   Exodus 13-17
Sunday Afternoon Service,  July 8, 2007
How do you face the trials of life? Nothing illustrates trial like Israel's journey from Egypt to Mt. Sinai. Yet through each trial, God demonstrated His absolute sufficiency for every need. In this sermon, Richard Winston examines four specific trials that Israel encountered and explains how the God that met their needs then is the same God who sustains us in trials today!

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   Exodus: A Book about Redemption - Part 1
   Exodus 1-12
Sunday Evening Service,  July 1, 2007
The book of Exodus is one of the best-known and well-loved books in the entire Bible. The stories of Moses, the ten plagues, the children of Israel passing through the Red Sea, and the Golden Calf are taught to young people from the earliest years. But there is more to these stories than just exciting narrative! Rather, the Exodus event and its attendant circumstances teach us great and glorious truths about the doctrine of redemption. In this first sermon, Richard Winston explores our need of redemption and God's provision of redemption.

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   The Parable of the Sower
   Matthew 13:1-9; 18-23
Sunday Morning Service,  June 24, 2007
 
Christ's famous Parable of the Sower uses images from the agricultural world to teach fundamental spiritual lessons. The most important thing that we must determine in this life is how we will respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ. In this sermon, Richard Winston examines the four ways that people often respond to the gospel and brings them to bear on our lives today.

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   Christ's Intercessory Prayer
   John 17
Sunday School,  June 17, 2007
John 17 is Christ's High Priestly Prayer for His people. As we study this chapter together, we notice that Christ appeals to His finished work as the basis for His plea to the Father to preserve, sanctify, and unify all believers.

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   Genesis: A Book about God
   Psalm 47; Genesis
Sunday Evening Service,  June 10, 2007
Genesis is a magnificent book that reveals God in the fullness of His attributes. God is the chief subject of this grand book, especially His sovereignty, grace, and goodness. In this message, Richard Winston explores these attributes as they are revealed through the timeless events of the book of Genesis.

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   Praying What Matters Most
   Philippians 1:9-11
Wednesday Evening Service,  June 6, 2007
What matters most in the Christian life and how do we pray that our people will pursue those things? In this sermon, Richard Winston examines the content and purpose of Paul's prayer for the Philippians as a blueprint for our prayers as a church corporately.

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   Serving God by Serving Others
   Isaiah 58
Sunday Afternoon Service,  June 3, 2007
 
What kind of service does God bless? Throughout the 58th chapter of Isaiah, the Lord reminds us that self-centered service that is motivated by utilitarian interests will result in the oppression of others and will ultimately fail to secure God's blessing. It is only when we forget ourselves and labor for the benefit of others that God will bless us. If our service is self-centered, then God will not bless us; but if our service is others-centered, then God will certainly and abundantly bless us.

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   The Gospel of John: The Glory of God Incarnate
   John 20:30-31
Sunday School,  June 3, 2007
What is the gospel of John all about? In this survey of John's gospel, Richard Winston studies the mystery of Christ's incarnation (that God became man) and the message of salvation by faith alone that Christ preached through His words and His works. The Gospel of John challenges us to believe in Christ as the divine savior unto the saving of our souls.

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   Introduction to the Pentateuch
   Psalm 105
Sunday Evening Service,  May 27, 2007
What value does the Pentateuch have for NT Christians? In this introduction to a survey series on the first five books of the Bible, Richard Winston demonstrates that the Pentateuch is rich in value for all Christians because it inspires us to glorify God for His faithfulness, mercy, and grace, it teaches us how to worship, and it heightens our anticipation for the coming of Christ. Issues such as the basic content of the Pentateuch and why these books were written at all are dealt with in the introduction.

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   The Honor of Being a Christian
   1 Peter 2:4-10
Sunday Evening Service,  May 6, 2007
 
When the devils tempts God's people to despair, they can take refuge in the fact that being a Christian is the highest honor a person can ever experience. The honor of Christianity stems from the fact that Christians worship an honorable savior who bestows an honorable salvation. God the Father, the Scriptures, and the Saints unite in ascribing all honor and glory to Jesus Christ who guarantees that following Him is the greatest honor for time and eternity.

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   Repairing the Altar of the Lord
   Matthew 6:5-6
Sunday Afternoon Service,  April 29, 2007
 
How important is the Christian's private worship? In this sermon, Richard Winston examines the teaching of our Lord regarding the priority, the secrecy, and the benefits of a daily, personal time of Bible reading and prayer.

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   Zephaniah: The Day of the Lord
   Zephaniah
Sunday School,  April 29, 2007
The prophet Zephaniah may not be the best-known book of the Bible but it is rich with instruction for God's people. In this lesson, Richard Winston examines the theology of the Day of the Lord and focuses on the elements of judgment and restoration as presented in the book of Zephaniah. The lesson concludes with a demonstration of the practical relevance of this book for the church today

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   Fulfilling God's Law
   Exodus 20
Sunday Evening Service,  April 1, 2007
 
What role do the Ten Commandments play in our lives? In this message, Richard Winston explores the requirements and prohibitions of the Ten Commandments and their implications for Christian virtues.

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   Love Your Neighbor As Yourself
   Romans 13:8-10
Sunday Evening Service,  March 25, 2007
 
Total Consecration to God involves loving one another as the law commands. The Christian's obligation to love others is his highest priority and a fulfillment of the law of God.

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   The Book of Hosea
   Hosea
Sunday School,  March 25, 2007
In Hosea, we learn that the primary focus of God's love is His choice. God's love is spurned but constant.

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   Waiting on the Lord
   Isaiah 40:31
Sunday Evening Service,  February 25, 2007
 


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   Judgment Day
   Isaiah 10:3
Sunday Morning Service,  February 25, 2007
 


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   A New Year's Resolution Worth Keeping!
   Galatians 4:1-7
Sunday Morning Service,  December 31, 2006
 
Here is a novel idea for a New Year's resolution: resolve to trust God more! God is the initiator and provider of salvation and He does so without respect to the merits and demerits of humans. If you want God to be pleased with you, then you should resolve to do more believing and less working!

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   Adoption: God's Children by Choice
   Ephesians 1:2-6
Sunday Afternoon Service,  November 26, 2006
 


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   Why Are the Chronicles in the Bible?
   1 & 2 Chronicles
Sunday School,  October 15, 2006
 


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   God's Sovereignty Enables Us to Fulfill His Will
   Jeremiah 1
Sunday Afternoon Service,  September 10, 2006
 


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   Adam and Christ
   Romans 5:12-21; 1 Corinthians 15:45, 47
Sunday Afternoon Service,  September 3, 2006
 


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   The Sovereignty of God
   various texts
Sunday School,  August 27, 2006
 


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   The Holiness of God
   various texts
Sunday School,  August 20, 2006
 


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   Showing Our Love for God
   Deuteronomy 6
Sunday Evening Service,  July 23, 2006
 


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   The Importance of Personal Purity
   Joshua 7
Sunday Afternoon Service,  June 25, 2006
 


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   The Knowledge of God
   
Sunday School,  June 18, 2006
 


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   Christ, the Propitiation for Our Sins
   1 John 4:10
Sunday Morning Service,  June 4, 2006
 
Christ's propitiatory sacrifice secures our salvation.

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   Divine Placement
   1 Samuel 2:1-10
Sunday Evening Service,  May 14, 2006
 


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   Living in the Light of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
   1 Corinthians 15
Sunday Evening Service,  April 2, 2006
 


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   Discerning God's Will
   Romans 12:2
Sunday Evening Service,  February 26, 2006
 


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   Freedom from the Reign of Sin
   Romans 6:1-14, 22
Sunday Morning Service,  January 15, 2006
 
In this passage, Paul argues that our participation in the work of Christ frees us from the reign of sin!

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